Wondering if Disney Nature's Born In China is really worth a trip to the theater? This unbiased Born In China Review – 5 reasons to take your family to see Born In China in theaters post is sponsored by Disney and was a perk we enjoyed during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and will be part of the upcoming #GotGVol2Event.
Spoiler Free Born In China Review & 5 Reasons to take your family to see it in theaters.
I totally get it, you're not into animal documentaries. In fact, the mere thought of watching a wildlife documentary probably bores you half to death. They are slow, the narrater is monotone, and sometimes the scenes are gruesome. So, why would a person ever in their right mind go to see a wildlife film in theaters? Listen, I love animals but I'm with you – some of those documentaries are difficult to watch at home, much less in a dark and cold theater. So, what makes Born in China so different? Is it really worth a trip to the theater? Stick with me as I give you my top 5 to take your family to see the Born In China in theaters, especially on opening weekend.
1. On opening week, Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to World Wildlife Fun to benefit wild pandas and snow leopards.
Make a contribution to the cause! Take the kids, take the hubby, take the family. Are you a teacher? Plan a field trip! Every ticket purchased during opening week makes a difference!
For everyone who sees Disneynature BORN IN CHINA during opening week (April 21-April 27, 2017), Disneynature will contribute $.20 per ticket to World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US) through the Disney Conservation Fund, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $100,000.
2. Actual stories are being told.
In true Disneynature fashion, compelling stories are being told in a way that keeps the attention of all audiences of all ages. Narrator, John Krasinski keeps us laughing, while educating us. You'll be amazed at how involved you become with these animal families. You don't have to be an empath to relate to what these creatures are feeling: attachment, love, belonging, loneliness, desperation, fear, loss. The storytelling in Born In China will have you dying to know what happened after the filming. You will leave the theater feel a great sense of attachment to these characters.
Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Disneynature's new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together.
3. It will spark an educational conversation.
This is a great time to talk to your children or to do your own personal research about habitat, ecosystems, animal relationships, and how important it is to protect this natural wildlife. You can use the Born In China activity packet and educator's guides below to learn how to approach these conversations. This can be a field trip for homeschoolers or a simple source of educational entertainment. Make this film a reason for a family night out that you will not regret.
4. You get a never-before-seen look at these majestic creatures.
You'll become more acquainted with these creatures' habits than you've ever been before. You'll see how a mother panda struggles to let her cub grow up and then you'll learn how important it is for a cub to have it's freedom. You'll watch as a snow leopard risks her life to feed and protect her cubs. Your heart will break as you watch a young golden monkey struggle to find his place in the world. Isn't it interesting how similar our lives are to theirs? You'll see a snow leopard closer than you've ever seen one on film before. These film makers fought hard to get this incredible footage and it really has paid off. These films are important in helping us do our part in protecting these beautiful animals. This is something that deserves theater-time. If you wait for the Blu-ray, you'll regret it! You need to see it in theaters and then own it on Blu-ray – trust me!
5. It evokes real emotions
Born In China made me way more emotional than I expected. From the very beginning I was sniffling at the sweet golden monkey's struggle to survive. I get a tingle inside as I write this because it's hard not to empathize with the little guy. Maybe it's our instinct, as women, to want to rescue a child. Maybe that's also why it's so easy to feel a sisterhood with the mama panda as she battles with giving her cub independence & freedom and keeping him safe, in her arms forever. You'll be so emotionally drawn to the snow leopard that you'll want to be cheering her on in the theater. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to watch it all over again.
See Born In China in theaters Earth Day, April 21, 2017